At Home in Nature

  (Agate, Colorado)
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Beans are fun!

Normally, we don't encourage people to play with their food.  But there are exptions.  When the weather is too bad to go outside, have a fun day of games and crafts inside! 

 

Have you ever made a rainstick?

 

Rainsticks are fun musical instruments, both to play with and also to make.

 

 

·         Get a cardboard tube such as paper towel tube, long mailing tube, two toilet paper tubes (tape them together), wrapping paper tube. 

 

·         Inside, pour some seeds, beans, rice, small stones, etc.

 

·         Also, use 1” nails, wire, plastic or wire netting w/holes large enough for objects to fall through.  To use nails, poke them through the cardboard, pointy end to the inside, in a close spiral around the tube (about 60/paper towel tube).  To  use wire, bend it in a spiral and insert it into the tube so it stretches the whole length.  To use the netting, stuff it inside.

 

·         Seal the ends w/ cardboard or poster board, tissue paper, and masking tape.  If the tube came w/ends, use those instead of board.  Use tissue paper to soften the noise when the objects hit the end.

 

·         Decorate the outside with markers, acrylic paints, etc.

 

 

Then play rain making games!

 

tioWhen the weather is too bad to go outside, have a fun day of games and crafts inside! 

Have you ever made a rainstick?

Rainsticks are fun musical instruments, both to play with and also to make.

 

·         Get a cardboard tube such as paper towel tube, long mailing tube, two toilet paper tubes (tape them together), wrapping paper tube. 

·         Inside, pour some seeds, beans, rice, small stones, etc.

·         Also, use 1” nails, wire, plastic or wire netting w/holes large enough for objects to fall through.  To use nails, poke them through the cardboard, pointy end to the inside, in a close spiral around the tube (about 60/paper towel tube).  To  use wire, bend it in a spiral and insert it into the tube so it stretches the whole length.  To use the netting, stuff it inside.

·         Seal the ends w/ cardboard or poster board, tissue paper, and masking tape.  If the tube came w/ends, use those instead of board.  Use tissue paper to soften the noise when the objects hit the end.

·         Decorate the outside with markers, acrylic paints, etc.

 

Then play rain making games!

Newspapers are better for the environment!

Did you know: some people object because it is not environmentally friendly to use paper for printing.  Yet reading newspaper print has a lower impact on global warming than reading online, according to one of the world's leading paper-makers, because the impact of powering computers allegedly outweighs the impact of creating newsprint. "Reading a newspaper has a lower impact on global warming than reading the news online for 30 minutes," according to Torraspapel's Paper (http://www.printweek.com/paper/news/1015841/Reading-printed-page-greener-online-browsing-says-papermaker).

 
 
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